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Unread 05-02-2010, 09:23 PM   #1
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cj yj frame - will it work?

my friend has a 85 cj7 and the frame is about rotted to the point of not usable but we still go wheeling until that day comes.
i know where i can get a 93 yj frame from with no rust for a good deal, will it work?
i have a 95 yj and it looks really close so thats why im asking.

today my buddy & i were wheelen and when he gt stock in the mud i had to give him a hard yank to get him out and i tore off the front bumper and the frame a few inches back, so now we are kind of in rush to find a replacement inexpensively. i know he cant really afford a new one at $1700, his budget is more in the $100-300 range.

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Unread 05-02-2010, 09:49 PM   #2
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anything can be made to work with enough work, time, and money.

however, i think this should work fairly easily. someone correct me if i'm wrong.
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Unread 05-02-2010, 10:22 PM   #3
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I'm pretty sure it will work, i don't know how straightforward it will be but I've seen a yj tub on a cj frame so i don't see why it wont work the other way.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/cj...isting-501837/
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I also believe that the mounting the the grill might take a little modification as the cj's front is shorter than the yj's but im pretty sure the issue is addressed in a yj to cj grill swap thread.
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Unread 05-02-2010, 11:08 PM   #4
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It will "work" untill you go to swap in the drivetrain. The rear can have the perches cut and moved out, but the front will be another challenge. I would find a CJ frame in the 82 to 86 years or cut and add the correct shock towers for pre 82.
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Unread 05-03-2010, 03:48 AM   #5
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thanks guys, i'll pass all of this on to him.
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Unread 05-03-2010, 05:04 AM   #6
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I'd would do it, then you also get the wide leaf springs up front.
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Unread 05-03-2010, 06:49 AM   #7
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Depending on the drive train you might have to come up with some cutoms changes to the trans crossmember as well. I am swapping my 79 frame for a 84 frame and I have sound quite a few changes between the two frames. Especially the crossmember. Like Alex211 stated plan on buying front springs as well since teh width is different between the two frames.
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Unread 05-03-2010, 07:52 AM   #8
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as long as you swapped the cj drivetrain mounts, etc. it should be a fairly straight forward swap
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Unread 05-03-2010, 02:59 PM   #9
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he said his is the "wide axle" version from the factory, what ever that means & he thinks the springs are a direct conversion over. but im sure we can handle any minor things like that that come up.
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